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Harrop: Not Enough Exercise, Too Much: Americans Polarized Here, Too

The boarding process for a recent flight required going up a modest set of stairs. Greatly slowing it all was a woman carrying at least ...

July 23, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Yarbrough: It’s time to stop fighting a war that has been over 152 years

My son, a learned philosopher, says of an impending competition between two football teams he particularly dislikes: "May they play a zero-zero tie in the ...

July 23, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Gingrich Cushman: Media Hype Forces Friction

Americans' interests and broadcast news coverage are at odds. Additionally, the tendency of the news media to focus on conflict rather than progress helps create ...

July 23, 2017 | Jackie Gringrich Cushman | Columnists


Belton: Georgia is in good plans

I periodically like to update you on where we are as a state. While our federal politics are largely a mess, Georgia is in a ...

July 23, 2017 | Rep. Dave Belton | Columnists


Yarbrough: This recruit blows off opportunity to blow up

KNOCK! KNOCK! "Sir, you wanted to see me?"

July 16, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Belton: The day the President became President

An odd thing occurred a week ago...the leader of the Free World defended the Free World.

July 16, 2017 | Rep. Dave Belton | Columnists


Harrop: America's dumb war against trade

Donald Trump bragged that he would put America in the driver's seat. He would keep us out of trade accords that let China swamp ...

July 16, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Gingrich Cushman: Frame of Reference

It's common to hear political debates and read headlines regarding immigration, policy and how welcoming (or unwelcoming) the United States is to those who ...

July 16, 2017 | Jackie Gringrich Cushman | Columnists


Pace: What Makes a Good Community?

I recently had the grand opportunity to walk in the Fourth of July parade in Oxford, because my son had been invited to ride on ...

July 16, 2017 | Lyn Pace | Religion


Junior Volunteers gain experience at Piedmont Newton

COVINGTON, Ga. - "The mission of the Junior Volunteer Program is to provide students the opportunity to gain exposure with a hospital environment and to help ...

July 09, 2017 | Cheyenne Cesar | Health


Newton County celebrates Minority Mental Health Month

When speaking about wellness, oftentimes physical health is the first thing that comes to mind. This usually includes conversation with one's primary care physician ...

July 09, 2017 | Naran Butler-Houck & Tara Echols | Health


Yarbrough: Skeeter skates learns about face paint and twerping

I don't need Caller ID to know when Skeeter Skates is calling. The phone has a different kind of sound to it, like very ...

July 09, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Harrop: Breast Cancer-Wine Link: Scary or Just a Scare?

Many women obsess over their risk for breast cancer. That's why news media flash blazing headlines whenever a study suggests a link between breast ...

July 09, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


Gingrich Cushman: Feeling Free

According to a recent write up by Jon Clifton, a managing partner at Gallup, we have a lot to work on in our country, starting ...

July 09, 2017 | Jackie Gringrich Cushman | Columnists


Redman: A call to stand

If one were to survey the teen-aged student base and ask them to state the date that the Declaration of Independence was signed, I am ...

July 09, 2017 | Isaac Redman | Religion


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Gingrich Cushman: Where we belong

While we might have changed a lot since our high school days, according to Emily Esfahani Smith, author of "The Power of Meaning; Crafting a Life that Matters," (Crown, 2017, New York, New York), one attribute is still the same: we have a need to belong. In high school, this need to belong can influence and change attire, hairstyle and even actions. The same is true as adults; we, too, want to belong.

March 26, 2017 | Jackie Gringrich Cushman | Columnists


Belton: A little about Georgia's new budget

The House and Senate passed a joint budget in the quickest amount of time in recent history, totaling $24. billion, a small 5.3 percent increase from last year. Of the new revenue, $775 million will go to education, $186 to transportation, $128 million to public safety and $39 million to economic development. I'm very grateful my efforts to add dollars to military and rural communities were successful, as well as to K12 education.

March 26, 2017 | Rep. Dave Belton | Legislative Updates


Candlelight Bridals: A traditional dress shop in the heart of Covington

Candlelight Bridals, located on 1192 Clark St. in Covington, has deep roots in the community. Since 1962, Candlelight Bridals has been offering bridal and prom services to the community.

March 23, 2017 | Samelia Bankole | Business


NHS student has artwork placed in U.S. Capitol

Editor's note: The original story stated Coffee's work would be featured in the White House. That is incorrect. It will actually be featured in the U.S. Capitol Building.

March 23, 2017 | Xavier I. Lewis xlewis@covnews.com | Living


Bouchillon: There's enough SPLOST for everyone

As most of you likely know by now, I have been putting a lot of effort into getting the 2017 SPLOST to pass – writing articles, appearing on radio and Facebook live, as well as probably giving an earful to anyone who makes the mistake of getting close enough for me to regale them with everything SPLOST.

March 20, 2017 | | Columnists


Jeffares: Week 10 under the Gold Dome

We're in the home stretch of the 2017 legislative session with only five more legislative days left to vet and pass legislation. Committees are wrapping up their work to vet and pass out legislation and the Senate is continuing to pass more legislation on the floor. A lot of the bills passed this week were clean up bills, which correct language or update bills passed in previous years.

March 20, 2017 | Sen. Rick Jeffares | Legislative Updates


Anderson:Bringing family to the Capitol

This week represents a turning point in the 2017 legislative session as we finally have begun to wind things down with the passage of 17 bills this week. Because the Senate and House disagreed on the allocation of the budget, a conference committee has been called to fix the discrepencies in the Fiscal Year 2018 general budget. And with the last day for bills to be passed out of committee coming at the beginning of next week, we are trying our best to review and vet as many House bills as possible.

March 20, 2017 | Sen. Tonya Anderson | Legislative Updates


Belton: 'Sausage-making' getting frustrating at the Capitol

Very few bills passed this week as the House and Senate "horse-trade" some bills and hold others "hostage" that are important to the other Chamber. It's all part of the "sausage-making" that is frustrating but not all together surprising as in a Constitutional Republic.

March 20, 2017 | Rep. Dave Belton | Legislative Updates


Storm could bring some snow, high winds to Georgia mountains

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters are warning of slick roads and a mix of rain and snow in northeast Georgia, part of a storm system that's expected to bring far worse weather to areas around New York, Philadelphia and Boston.

March 13, 2017 | Jeff Martin Associated Press | State


Belton: Best bills move forward during lull

This week was very slow at the Capitol as the Senate and House start to look at each other's bills. This is fairly typical, and in most cases, makes sure that only the best bills get done.

March 12, 2017 | Rep. Dave Belton | Legislative Updates


Bouchillon: SPLOST voting nears deadline

There is one week of early voting left for the 2017 SPLOST referendum. Those who wish to vote early may visit Suite 103 of the county administration building at 1113 Usher St. through Friday, March 17. Voting hours are from 8am to 5 p.m. Voting on the measure at your individual precincts falls on Tuesday, March 21 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

March 12, 2017 | Baxter Bouchillon | Opinion


Yarbrough: Low-performing schools initiative takes a major step forward

Don't look now, but the initiative to deal with low-performing schools in Georgia has taken a big step toward becoming law. Last week, the Georgia House of Representatives passed HB 338 by a vote of 138-37. That is a margin of roughly 73 percent. (You might want to double-check my figures. I am, after all, a product of the public education system in Georgia.) The measure got strong bipartisan support, including Democratic House Minority Leader Stacy Abrams.

March 12, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Jeffares: Week 9 from under the Gold Dome

This week, the Georgia Senate completed day 33 of the 40-day Legislative Session. With Crossover Day successfully behind us, my colleagues and I are now focused on getting our bills heard in the opposite chamber. This process means that Senators stand before House Committees to present their bills and representatives do the same before Senate Committees.

March 12, 2017 | | Legislative Updates


Anderson: Happily serving at the Capitol

Last Friday was Crossover Day and arguably one of the busiest times during the session for legislators. Crossover Day signifies the last day Senate bills can be passed out of the Senate this year. The countdown is on as we have only 11 legislative days left to vet and vote on legislation before Sine Die, which signifies the end of the 2017 legislative session.

March 12, 2017 | Sen. Tonya Anderson | Legislative Updates


Melvin: Newton County Drug Free Coalition to host drug-free event at NHS

On March 15, Newton High School students and partner agencies of the Newton County Drug Free Coalition will host an event to educate students about the impact substance use and related choices can have on their lives. The event is timely as this is the season when teens and their families are planning post-prom parties and graduation celebrations.

March 12, 2017 | Mollie Melvin | Health


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